Amy Hodkin

How is Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ relevant today?

Published over thirty years ago, Margaret Atwood’s novel about women’s rights in a collapsed western society appears to be more relevant than ever before. In the era of Donald Trump, anti-abortion arguments and the #MeToo movement surrounding female sexual assault by those in positions of power, The Handmaid’s Tale seems...
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Posted Aug. 7, 2018

Art in post-Brexit Britain

The UK’s vote to leave the EU in June 2016 has had impacts that permeate every aspect of British life. Two years later, with negotiations ongoing and debates still being held about what Brexit should be, the political climate is turbulent and uncertain. The arts are no exception; a wealth...
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Posted Jun. 27, 2018

China is building the first city dedicated to the arts

Is it possible to build a city for the arts from scratch? Chinese contractors are attempting to do just that with their “Valley XL” project, a new city, comprising four km2, costing 18 billion yuan (approximately £2.1 billion). According to South China Morning Post, it will be located in a...
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Posted Jun. 11, 2018

“Harrowing and mesmerising”: Misterman review

Performed on May 4 and 5, Misterman by Enda Welsh was the latest student production to be performed in the Goose Nest. An ambitious collaboration between WUDS and Tech Crew, this was the first close collaboration of its kind between the two societies, and opened up new possibilities to create...
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Posted May. 9, 2018

The ethics of oil: should we care how the arts are funded?

BP’s funding of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a topic that has caused much comment and activity in recent months. As part of Warwick Student Union’s Term 2 Referendum, a motion was passed to pressure the RSC to drop this source of sponsorship and provide “Fossil Free” tickets. Amongst...
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Posted Apr. 7, 2018

Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Virginia Woolf, arguably one of Britain’s greatest yet under-appreciated writers, would have marked her 136th Birthday on the January 25. She is a writer that I think most people have heard of, and yet when asked, very few people have actually read her work. From novels such as Mrs Dalloway...
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Posted Feb. 24, 2018